Re: Suicide experiment

From: Gilles HENRI <>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998 10:58:16 +0100

À (At) 10:39 +1100 20/11/98, Russell Standish écrivait (wrote) :
>It seems to me that the Tegmark suicide experiment is approached
>rather idealistically. It is quite possible to survive a gunshot wound
>to the head. The most likely outcome the researcher performing the
>Tegmark suicide experiment would experience is a few clicks, followed
>by a bang, then waking up in a hospital with half her brains blown
>I certainly take the proposition that one can never experience one's
>own death seriously. My question is whether there are any dead-end
>paths in the multiverse - ie is it possible for one to experience a
>situation where it is 100% certain that you will die. I haven't been
>able to think of one - even if you are on the gullotine with the blade
>dropping - it is still possible for the blade to jam just millimetres
>from your neck!

Hi everybody

I agree with this remark: in any situation, there is a very tiny
probability that you escape by tunneling effect and you can be
"teleportated" far enough to avoid death...say in the Andromeda galaxy. Of
course in the "worlds" where it happens you don't experiment your own
death, but only an incredible adventure!. Since the proportion of such
worlds is exponentially small, you have "almost" no chance to see that, or
to meet somebody that experienced that once. It is comparable with the
second principle of thermodynamics that can be violated, but very rarely.
But there must be some worlds where such things have happened.

 In fact the probability that you exist is itself very small, given the
initial conditions of the big bang. So in some sense isn't everybody a
"survivor" of his non-birth?


Gilles HENRI

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